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Grief-and-Depression350-webDepression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job all had to deal with it. In the secular world, Sir Winston Churchill used to call depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.

President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety Lincoln would not allow himself to carry a knife, for fear that he would hurt himself, or worse. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. Sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.

Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.

Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition or your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.

God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, seek out and get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you  and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible

These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 –  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22  – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7  – Nevertheless God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Read how Lincoln Turned to the Bible to Manage His Depression and other articles: Scriptures Against HopelessnessScriptures Against WorryNew Testament Scriptures on Faith & BelievingDo God’s Promises Cover What You Want?

Comments

  1. Patrick, I decided to follow the link to the article you mentioned – wow! Thank you.

  2. Ron, as you read through the posted comments here you will see that we all have felt alien and alone (that’s why we’re here!) but have gained strength through reading and really listening to the words of God and through the support of each other. Try to give thanks to Him for at least one thing each day and let that guide you. You are stronger than you think and with God beside you, what can you not do? Blessings

  3. I’d known of course that life occurrences affect my feelings but if I’m truly honest, it’s I who affects me the most. Struggle to avoid my inner pits may be day to day but each day there is a bit more light. This site has been a source of tremendous comfort, hope and faith. Stay with it.

  4. Hi just found this site.very helpful to kmow you are not alone.
    keep praying for relief.
    Ever day a struggle at moment.
    Hope we all feel touch of God’s healing love.

  5. Amy, I spent 18 years doing work I loved but realized it was a job I’d come to hate, maybe that’s what you’re feeling. It seemed like I was so isolated and everyone else was in a tight club, always excluding me. Although I’ve come to realize that I was probably more responsible for the situation than the others were, it became unbearable so I left. Whatever the cause, if your job is causing so much stress consider finding another one or at least another way to support yourself until you find the right place for you. Until then, remember that you and God are the only really important ones about whom you should be concerned, and you know He wants only the best for you so you should, too. Find strength in these scriptures and the support of everyone here. Blessings.

  6. Hi I’m Amy and I’m been very depressed over the competition and stress at work from work issues, boss and colleagues. This only made me more and more sensitive and over emotional until I have problem coping with my emotional feelings over every single work issues. This is unhealthy as I feel I’m so lousy and made me withdraw even more from speaking up. I find to the point it’s pointless to even speak when I cannot win over others in debate and I rather just quietly absorb it in internally. Over time this ended up hurting my emotional self and losing my self confidence and self worth. I am utterly upset when colleagues perform or am more vocal and yet it made me feel worse of myself as I just can’t be so vocal just seem so lousy. everyday I just fear my colleague get promoted before me which I tot will made me feel even worse like it’s end of the world. I hate myself for this over emotional feeling as I know I’m the only one getting upset and no one can tell. Worse is I tell myself even if I get upset it won’t make me improve but I just hate myself for unable to control myself to stop getting depressed. I want to try to be better and vocal at work but I just find so challenging cos by nature I’m soft spoken. Praying for God miracle deliverance. Will appreciate if u can keep me in prayers too. Thank you so much.

    1. Amy’s story is DEFINITELY one which I can relate to. I had thought that I was someone stranded on some remote island while facing and fighting this life- controlling and deadly disease. Pray for me as I pray for others. I NEED God’s strength to see me through.

  7. To Patrick and Gayle – you have found the right place, we all share your feelings and have found comfort, inspiration and hope through this site and the word of God. Remember that He will never forsake you.

  8. Hello, My name is Gayle and I have been struggling with depression for many years. I keep it a secret. Everyone thought I was happy, I was working part-time and going to school. There was a deep dark place inside of me. I just recently told other that I have been dealing with this disease for a long time. It felt good to talk about but some people just don’t care to hear it. I guess they have their own problems. Since then I have been reading scriptures on healing and now I have some on depression. I know it is a spirit but God is going to win the end. I will keep you update on my progress.

  9. Kayela, you said exactly what I’m feeling. People would be surprised to know what I actually feel inside, because I to am a stong person, I make people laugh, I work hard, and I will do anything for anybody. But when i come home and when I am alone, I feel this emptiness and the feeling of hopelessness. I sometmes feel like I am stuck in a bubble, a repetitive life with nothing to look forward too. I know exactly how you feel. It is not like me to feel like this, it’s been a tough year. I would like to talk or stay in contact. maybe we can be that ear to each other that we need. I will think and pray for you guys.

  10. Rex, I actually changed emails recently due to an incident.

    I forgot to change it in the email thing. I’ll do that right now

  11. Oh cool.
    I bet you’re doing amazing things.
    Don’t worry about it, I can imagine you are busy.

    I was just wondering if I could ask a question/ talk about something w/ you

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      Yes I am. I have been working on other things and have not responded well. Sorry. I am having to do a bunch of back house things on the site. I am chief cook and bottle washer here. I am redesigning the site among other things. Any suggestions? Rex

  12. Kay,
    Well, I’m still here and breathing so I’m doing alright.
    Good, don’t quit trying. We all know you are incredibly strong and can make it through all of this.

  13. Hello Kayela,
    I’ve been depressed basically all my life.
    It’s not easy; but look at it like this, you’ve obviously been conquering depression for years, and you are still going.
    So you are very strong. Even if you don’t see it in yourself.

    I understand how you feel sweetie.
    And a lot of people feel empty, but the thing is, we have to look up and fill those empty places with His love. And in order to do that we need to let go.
    Of the sadness, and material things ect. And just turn to Him entirely.
    It’s not easy. It’s one of the hardest things to do and takes a HUGE amount of faith, but God provides us with the strength we need

  14. ColdandWarm, good to hear from you, hope you are well. Good days and not so good ones but I’m trying! Blessings

  15. I’m a 24 year old female, Iv been suffering from depression honestly for as long as I can remember. But I didn’t really realize that’s what it was until I started to fit the pieces together from my behavior. What I don’t understand is how? I have a way of always making everyone laugh, of being a shoulder for someone to cry on, or an ear of reason. Iv always been “mature” for my age, being very wise beyond my years. I make good decisions, I work hard, and I wouldn’t hurt a fly. But I’m also a fighter, always have stood my ground, not only for myself but for other people. When people look at me they see confidence, and strength, and no one truly knows how empty I really am. I always push it aside and continue on, but when it comes out I feel it deep in my soul, a hole so big that will forever be there. I just can’t see living the rest of my life like this. I beg and I plead for God to just tell me what to do, where to go, I’ll do anything to stop this pain. I don’t really know what I’m trying to get from writing this, just feels good to talk about it without being judge, or just talk about it at all. I’ll be praying for all of you.

    1. Kayela, you are not alone! Probably all of us here have felt the same way. It’s a real struggle everyday, isn’t it? But we have learned how to overcome – if not permanently, at least how to keep working on it and actually feeling real joy at times. Sometimes I think everyone feels empty inside but some are better actors (or self-deceivers) than others, but who knows for sure? Rex’s comments and scriptures are wonderfully helpful, as are the comments from members. The main thing to remember is that God has always loved you, will continue to always love you, and is always there for you. Any weakness in us is an opening for Satan, depression is one of his strongest weapons, so we really must turn to God. I hope you have a good church and pastor, but if you don’t feel you are “good” at praying, here’s advice from a trusted source: the way to learn to pray is to pray. Keep at it. You will feel God touch you. And let us help you.

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